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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
page 147



146 HOU ΕΚ Οί' WE.VDOVER. [A.D. HUG. Of the death of William, formerly a citizen of London . At this time there arose in tlie city of London a dispute and difference between the rich and poor, about the allotment of the taxes to be paid into the exchequer, and which were often, as they said, unequally levied. The cause of this disagreement was William Fitz-Osbert, who, in contempt of the king's majesty, convoked assemblies of people, and binding many to him by oath at their meetings, persecuted even unto death his own brother, and two other honest men, as if they were guilty of treason towards the king, and at last raised a sedition and disturbance in St. Paul's church. When at length he learned that for his crimes the anger of the king was seriously aroused against him, he shut himself up in a tower of a church, which was the especial property of the archbishop, thus making a castle of a sacred edifice. Hut seeing at length that a band of armed men were assembled, he, in order to avoid the death with which be was menaced, set fire to the temple of the blessed virgin, and partly consumed a place consecrated to God. At last he was dragged forth from the church, and carried to the tower of London, where having received final sentence, in order that the punishment of one might strike terror into the many, he was deprived of his long garments, and, with his hands tied behind his back, and his feet fastened together, was drawn through the midst of the city by horses to the gallows at Tyburn ; be was there hung in chains, and nine of his fellow conspirators with him, in order to show that a similar punishment would await those who were guilty of a similar offence. On the twentieth of October* in the same year, John dean of Rouen was consecrated to the bishopric of Winchester. In this year, too, king Richard built a new castle in the isle of Andelys, against the, wish of Walter archbishop of Rouen ; and after he had been repeatedly warned to desist from the undertaking, the aforesaid archbishop put the whole of Normandy under a ban, and thus went to the court of Rome.j" * November. Τ " About this time there arose a dispute in the city of London between the poor and the rich on account of the talliate, which was exacted by the king's agents for the benefit of the exchequer : for the principal men of the city, whom we call mayors and aldeimcn, having held a deliberation at the.r hustings, wished to preserve themselves free from the burden, and to oppress


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